bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours lightly hazy yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of vanilla, orange, banana, and wheat. Flavor of wheat, light lemon, and earthiness.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Hazy blond wth a creamy white head. Spicy ad phenolic aroma with a big sweet ripe banana fruitiness. Sweet and sticky with a full body and medium carbonation. Fruity ad sweet stuff. A bit hard to put down by the end.
Mora2000 (5755) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, grain and bananas, about what I expect in the hefeweizen. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of wheat and banana notes with some clove mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes and smells like a hefeweizen should, but something about it doesn’t sit that well with me. Decent, but not one of the better Grand Teton beers I have had.
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, pours a cloudy yellow blond with bubbly white foam, aroma is bananas and bubblegum, flavors of sweet bananas
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
dark yellow with an orange haze. Some sediment in the bottle. Everything else is light. Light flavor and light aroma, even if they are correct. Banana and cloves with some coriander. It needs more sweetness and more flavor.
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from bhensonb) Pours a cloudy light gold with a medium sized white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Aroma of banana, clove, vanilla, bready wheat, and just a faint hint of orange creamsicle. Nearing perfection in what I look for in a hefe aromatically. Flavor follows suit with some light banana, clove, snappy wheat, and a lingering bready finish. My only complaint would be that the banana is a little toned down for my tastes, but this would be a great introductory beer for someone just getting accustomed to the style. Mouthfeel is a little thin as well, but it doesn’t detract that much. Carbonation is lively. Overall, this would be a great beer to session during any month, but particularly in the summer. Thanks Bill!
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a couple of these tonight at the COOP... shared one with inflatablechair.... We both thought this is a pretty damn respectable and very fresh tasting hefe.
Why this is named "Howling Wolf" when the Cellar Reserve Weizenbock already had the moniker first is very confusing. I bet it will only be a few weeks before we start seeing reviews under the Weizenbock that actually should be in the hefe category... oh well... I don’t care... this is a classy brew.
1" foamy white head... great retention and lacing.. the brew is hazed golden.
Nose is very fresh of course... balanced nicely between the esters and the phenols... although both seem a tad light... banana and clove play nicely but are not quite as heavy as I would hope for... but that is my PNW mindset playing games.
Not much to say about the flavor that I haven’t already said... the banana begins up front and the clove sorta finishes out.. the palate is better than the aroma by quite a bit in my mind...
Medium/lite body seems spot on... carbonation is also about perfect..
Nothing is wrong with this beer... damn good actually.
I forget how refreshing a well made hefeweizen can be.. I will definitely be picking these up while I can.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours pale, hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is about what I look for in my hefes--lots of banana and cloves, good amount of yeastiness and restrained alcohol. Taste is a bit of a letdown, but not awful. The banana and clove show up, but it is all around too weak, with the malt dominating for most of the time, with some alcohol towards the end. Very smooth, medium mouthfeel, finish length is a little short to average. Overall, a nice hefe, but it still falls well short of the elite wheat beers.
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
unfiltered gold, effervescent. soft and delicate doughy yeast and wheat in the nose - mild banana and clove. light body, delicate and soft throughout. light lemon zest, medium pale malt, medium wheat. effervescent on the tongue. appropriately crisp and refreshing.
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is strong with wheat and a slight hint of lemony tartness. Not much spice. The flavor is a little more spicy with some bubblegum sweetness and lemon. It has a very wheaty finish with another light hit of yeast. Not bad, but a little too sweet and not enough clove.